'Daydream Nation' gets new life

So ahead of its time that the world still hasn?t caught up, Sonic Youth?s 1988 watershed album, Daydream Nation, is being reissued as a deluxe edition two-CD set (4xLP) set on June 12.

Packaged with a bonus disc of unreleased live material and rare covers, the reissue will feature expansive liner notes and never-before-seen photos.
For vinyl enthusiasts, the band?s label, Goofin? Records, will release a four-disc set of the album that changed the landscape for alternative rock.

A historic work, one that was included in the first 200 records chosen by the Library of Congress for its National Recording Registry and selected by Rolling Stone as one of the ?500 Greatest Albums of All-Time,? Daydream Nation was originally unleashed as a double LP.

It was a stunning achievement, arty and epic, with some of the most innovative, destructive post-punk guitar forays ever foisted on an unsuspecting public.
And yet, it was also accessible enough to break the once-marginalized band into the mainstream, garnering them a record deal with a major label, Geffen Records.

Tracks like ?Teen Age Riot,? ?Candle,? ?Total Trash,? and ?Eric’s Trip? were experiments in guitar-mangled glory, pregnant with nihilistic fury and traversing post-apocalyptic soundscapes with nightmarish poetry.
Included on disc one is the original album, remastered under the watchful eyes and open ears of the band.

Capping the disc is a bonus home demo of ?Eric?s Trip.?
What?s more, disc two, titled ?Live Daydream,? features 15 live performances ? most are songs from Daydream Nation ? from Sonic Youth?s Daydream Nation tour. Four studio bonus tracks are added, including songs that appeared on tribute albums to the Beatles, Neil Young and Captain Beefheart. Also included is a cover of Mudhoney?s ?Touch Me, I?m Sick.?
To mark the reissue, Sonic Youth will be performing the entire Daydream Nation album live at various shows this summer.

After dates in Spain, Germany and Italy, the band will return stateside to play the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 13. Other U.S. shows are slated for Berkeley, Calif., on July 19, and Los Angeles on July 20, before the band enjoys a three-night stay at the Roundhouse in London, England.
The year it came out, Daydream Nation was Rolling Stones? No. 3 album on its ?Albums of the Year? list.

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